Lake Park bank rob­ber likely se­rial crim­i­nal

FBI: Man who held up Lake Park bank likely be­hind other heists.

The Palm Beach Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Eliot Klein­berg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The young white man with sunken eyes who held up a Chase bank Tues­day is sus­pected in eight other bank heists.

LAKE PARK — The man who robbed a Lake Park bank Tues­day likely is the same per­son who robbed two other Palm Beach County banks, and six Broward County banks, in the past three weeks, au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day.

The man seen in sur­veil­lance-cam­era pho­tos hold­ing up the Chase Bank on the 300 block of North­lake Boule­vard in Lake Park, just west of U.S. 1, at about 4 p.m. Tues­day is be­lieved to be the rob­ber seen at the other banks, an FBI spokesman con­firmed Thurs­day.

The FBI says the same per­son is be­hind the failed rob­bery of the Chase Bank in Jupiter on Tues­day and a suc­cess­ful one at an­other Chase Bank in Boyn­ton Beach on Oct. 3, as well as the six Broward in­ci­dents.

The Sher­iff ’s Of­fice de­scribed the Lake Park rob­ber as a white man be­tween the ages of 20 and 25 with sunken eyes and a thin build — about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He was last seen wear­ing a dark gray T-shirt with long cam­ou­flage-style pants and a jean hat with an em­blem on the front.

The de­scrip­tion was sim­i­lar for

the rob­ber in Tues­day’s Jupiter in­ci­dent, which added that he had blue eyes and blond hair but said he was closer to 5-foot-5 to 5-foot7. He was wear­ing a khaki but­ton-up shirt, cam­ou­flage pants and a blue base

ball-style cap.

Jupiter po­lice said the man walked into the bank, on In­diantown Road just east of Cen­tral Boule­vard, at about 2:45 p.m., then “im­plied that he had a weapon, and de­manded money from the bank teller.” Po­lice said the man ran off with­out cash and might have driven away in a sil­ver Mazda 3 hatch­back.

In the Boyn­ton Beach heist Oct. 3, just af­ter 5 p.m., a man passed a de­mand note to the teller at the Chase Bank branch on North Congress Av­enue near Old Boyn­ton Road, then fled with an undis­closed amount of cash.

The Broward rob­beries took place Sept. 22 at a Citibank in Oak­land Park; Oct. 1 at a TD Bank in Fort Lauder- dale; Oct. 4 at a Wells Fargo in Mar­gate; Oct. 6 at PNC branches in Fort Laud­erdale and in Co­conut Creek; and Mon­day at a Wells Fargo in Wilton Manors.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on any of the in­ci­dents is asked to con­tact the in­di­vid­ual po­lice de­part­ments or the FBI, or to call Crime Stop- pers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477). Callers can re­main anony­mous and might be el­i­gi­ble for a re­ward.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY PALM BEACH COUNTY SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE (LEFT) AND FBI

Sur­veil­lance cam­eras took these pho­tos of a rob­ber Tues­day at a Chase Bank branch (left) on the 300 block of North­lake Boule­vard in Lake Park and Oct. 6 at a PNC Bank branch in Broward County.

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